Net Metering Program

 

What if you could generate your own electricity and get credit for the unused portion from your power utility? Our Net Metering Program offers you the opportunity to generate your own power through the use of renewable energy technology.

Residents, farms and businesses with approved environmentally preferred technologies of up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of nominal (nameplate) generating capacity can deliver their excess electricity to our electrical grid. A bi-directional meter (installed by SaskPower or your local electricity provider) keeps track of the electricity to and from the grid for billing purposes.

How Does It Work?

Electricity sent to the grid is banked and applied to your current month’s electricity consumption. Any excess electricity is carried over to the following month and applied against that month’s consumption. A credit appears on your monthly bill showing the net amount of electricity that has been banked. Your excess power should be used within the year; if not, at the end of 12 months on your net metering anniversary date, any credits you may have for excess electricity sent to the grid will reset to zero.

If you want to produce more power than you consume over the calendar year and sell it to SaskPower, consider the Small Power Producers Program.

Your Net Metering Anniversary Date

To help maximize the use of credits built up in a 12-month period, we’ll set the anniversary date for net metering customers based on the type of generation system installed in Saskatchewan. Request your local electricity provider to do the same (if available).

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems

March or April — to maximize the use of your credits built up over the summer season.

Wind turbine systems

August or September — to maximize the use of your credits built up over the winter and spring seasons.

Other renewable generation systems

The anniversary date will reflect the month in which your bi-directional meter was installed.

If you prefer a different anniversary date than what’s indicated above, please contact us or your local electricity provider to adjust your date.

How Do I Apply?

SaskPower customers can apply for a net metering interconnection to the electrical grid at any time. The first step is to complete the Application for Net Metering and Preliminary Interconnection Study . Print off the form, complete it and send it, along with your payment, to the address listed at the top of the form. Please keep copies of all the information you send to us for your records.

If you're not a SaskPower customer, check with your local electricity provider for details and steps for interconnection.

Installation Process

Once you have completed and sent in the  Application for Net Metering and Preliminary Interconnection Study form, the following steps should be taken to have your net metering system installed:

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    • Obtain the required electrical permits and electrical inspections, including approvals required under the bylaws of the city, town or municipality where the installation occurs;
    • Install your renewable electricity generating equipment, including the energy production meter (this meter is only required if applying for the Net Metering Rebate);
    • Perform other tasks required to comply with SaskPower’s or your local electricity provider’s net metering policies, including the signing of a net metering interconnection agreement; and
    • Once your system has passed the electrical inspection, contact us or your local electricity provider to have the bi-directional meter installed.

Costs

Your net metering interconnection to the grid expenses include:

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    • Preliminary interconnection study — $315 (including GST)
    • Bi-directional meter and interconnection cost — $475 (plus GST)
      • You only pay this after receiving your quote and interconnection agreement from SaskPower
    • Electrical permit fee — Prices vary and are listed in the permit application
    • Installation, commission and electrical inspection of the environmentally preferred generation system

Rebate

We’ll pay a one-time rebate, equivalent to 20 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $20,000, for a new grid interconnected net metering project. The Net Metering Rebate is available to SaskPower, Saskatoon Light & Power and City of Swift Current electricity customers until November 30, 2018.

Credits and Rates

We credit your excess power at the same rate that you purchase power. Power billing is based on kilowatt-hours (kWh). As an example, if you are purchasing power at $0.1123/kWh, then your excess power will be credited at that amount.

Periodic Reviews

The Net Metering Program is reviewed annually.

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